StoreFront manages the delivery of desktops and applications from XenApp, XenDesktop, XenMobile, or VDI-in-a-Box servers in the datacenter to users' devices. StoreFront enumerates and aggregates available desktops and applications into stores. Users access StoreFront stores through Citrix Receiver directly or by browsing to a Receiver for Web or Desktop Appliance site. Users can also access StoreFront using thin clients and other end-user-compatible devices through XenApp Services site.
StoreFront keeps a record of each user's applications and automatically updates their devices, ensuring users have a consistent experience as they roam between their smartphones, tablets, laptops, and desktop computers. StoreFront is an integral component of XenApp 7.x and XenDesktop 7.x but can be used with several versions of XenApp and XenDesktop.
StoreFront 2.6 includes the following new features and enhancements.
Simplified store configuration in the administration console. The updated StoreFront console simplifies the StoreFront configuration for the following features:
Special folder redirection. You can specify that special folders are redirected to the users' local devices.
Unauthenticated (anonymous) users. Unauthenticated users with XenApp 7.6 and XenDesktop 7.6 can access applications and desktops without presenting credentials to StoreFront or Citrix Receiver. When unauthenticated users are enabled in XenApp or XenDesktop, you must have an unauthenticated StoreFront store to allow access for them.
Receiver for Web My Apps Folder View. This new view displays the applications in a folder hierarchy and includes a breadcrumb path for unauthenticated and mandatory stores. This folder view can help your users move from Web Interface to Receiver for Web.
Single Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) access. This feature allows you to provide access to resources internally and externally using a single FQDN.
Kerberos-constrained delegation for XenApp 6.5. StoreFront with Kerberos-constrained delegation enables pass-through authentication, eliminating the need for the client and device to run Windows with Receiver.
XenApp Services Support smart card authentication. The StoreFront server authenticates using smart cards to XenApp Services Support sites and does not require specific versions of Receiver and operating systems.
Receiver for Android, iOS, and Linux smart card authentication. New versions of Receiver support local and remote use of smart cards for accessing apps and desktops.
Extensible authentication. Support for extensible authentication provides a single customization point for extension of StoreFront’s form-based authentication. Worx Home and Receiver for Web use it to authenticate with XenMobile and XenApp and XenDesktop for both internal (direct) and external (using NetScaler Gateway) access scenarios.
XenApp 7.6 and XenDesktop 7.6 connection leasing. When connection leasing is enabled, the XenApp 7.6 and XenDesktop 7.6 Controllers cache information about recent user connections. If the database becomes unavailable, the Controller uses that cached information to continue supporting connections for applications and desktops that the user launched within the past two weeks.
StoreFront Web API. Allows you to build custom web applications or portal integrations to access XenApp or XenDesktop apps and desktops.
Receiver for Web access from a mobile browser. Enables touch for tablet users to verify credentials, remove apps, and restart desktops.
Updated Zero-install Receiver for HTML5 engine. Adds productivity applications including audio-video playback in XenApp and XenDesktop, clipboard across remote applications and between local and remote applications, seamless keyboard support inside Microsoft applications and desktops, and direct SSL connection.